FREE AND FABULOUS: This is how last year's Blues on Broadbeach looked from one of the stages. There are 20 stages in all this Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, with a huge line-up of international and local stars.
FREE AND FABULOUS: This is how last year's Blues on Broadbeach looked from one of the stages. There are 20 stages in all this Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, with a huge line-up of international and local stars. MICHELLE GRACE HUNDER

What's on: Gold Coast


RELAY for Life is a family event filled with food trucks, live entertainment and genuinely moving experiences, and raises funds for the Cancer Council. The Southern Gold Coast event is at Miami High School on Saturday, May 11, from 1-10pm. It's a chance to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save lives. Participants are encouraged to dress in theme, this year Survivor: Relay for Life.

Phone 1300 656 585 or find them on Facebook.


LEND your hands to BeachCare at Paradise Point on Saturday, May 11. Activities include planting native dune species, removing invasive weeds and collecting and auditing beach litter, working towards stabilising the dunes, providing habitat for native species and protecting the coastline. You don't need experience or anything else to take part, just closed-in shoes, sun protection and water. It's 8-10am near Abalone Ave, Paradise Point.

Phone James on 07 5552 8829 or go to


FRIENDS with Dignity's annual High Tea with Friends is at Southport Sharks from 2pm on Saturday, May 11. Proudly supporting May as Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, keynote speaker will be FWD national ambassador Rosie Batty. You are also promised "fantastic food, frivolity and amazing friends to help raise critical funding for FWD", the 2018 Charity of the Year, which helps families and individuals left homeless by domestic and family violence. Admission includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, entertainment, guest speakers, raffles, auction, and fun! Cost is from $69.

Phone 0413 591 055 or go to


VAN Morrison's Astral Weeks and Moondance are considered two of the classic albums of the era. Both albums had an enormous impact on aspiring musicians and singers around the world. Vince Jones was one of them and now he has invited a selection of Australia's finest jazz/rock musicians to form The Astral Orchestra in this homage to two of Van's most acclaimed albums. It's at HOTA on Saturday, May 11, from 7.30pm. Tickets from $69.

Phone 07 5588 4000 or go to


MOTHER'S Day should be something special at the Coolangatta Hotel from 2pm on Sunday, May 12. The award-winning quartet of Bondi Cigars take the stage at 4pm and have well and truly worked their way into Australia's musical heart. It's a mix of blues, soul, funk and R&B. Cost is $13.


JOINING international and local stars including Canned Heat and Eric Bibb at this year's event are The Gipsy Kings making their way from France, Canadian musician Bahamas, Charley Crockett and Cedric Burnside, from the USA, and Australian Blues royalty Kevin Borich Express. The free festival runs from Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, across 20 stages around Broadbeach.

Phone 07 5656 0100 or go to


THE Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of Australia is holding its national rally on Saturday, May 18, at the Outback Spectacular carpark at Helensvale. The group formed 36 years ago to promote the restoration of Japanese motorcycles more than 15 years old and marques no longer in production. Visitors to the show and shine will see beautifully restored classics dating as far back as the 1950s, from Honda, Kawasaki, Meguro, Suzuki and Yamaha.

Phone 0413 904 270 or go to


GOLD Coast Skeptics in the Pub is at the Angler's Arms, Southport from 6-9pm on Monday, May 20. The talk on Rocks from Space and Q&A is by Professor Jonti Horner, an astronomer and astrobiologist at the Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland, in Toowoomba.

His research includes the search for planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets), the formation and evolution of our solar system, and the nature of habitability. It's free, but you need to register on Eventbrite.


A CELEBRATION of Indigenous Culture is being held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8.30pm on Thursday, May 23. It concludes the three-day 2019 World Indigenous Housing Conference.

It features Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Casey Donovan, Stan Walker (NZ), Isaiah Firebrace, Joy Harjo (USA), Rochelle Pitt and Leonard Sumner (Canada). Phone 07 5504 4181 or go to


THE Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show runs for four days from Thursday, May 23. There are more than 300 exhibitors and 500 watercraft on display from here and abroad, including everything from super yachts to fishing boats and accessories.

It attracts more than 45,000 people each year, so see what it's all about.

Phone 07 5577 6011 or go to sanctuarycove


HOT new '70s disco band Disco Disciples has announced a run of shows across the Gold Coast and Northern NSW following a sensational debut show at the Coolangatta Hotel. It will play Helm Bar Surfers Paradise on Sunday, May 12, and Kingscliff Hotel on Saturday, June 15. All shows are free entry.

For more info, go to disciplesband/events.

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